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New Bern and Beyond Podcast Episode 109

It was a busy exciting week working with Wendy Card and introducing myself as her sales representative. She has been offering the town a great service for more than a decade and now that we are working together, marketing it as the promotional platform it is…with three media sources for advertisers to capitalize on.

One of the sources we offer to highlight businesses is the New Bern and Beyond Podcast, which after 108 Episodes of pre-taped and edited shows went live this week in the studio at The Charles Tendell Studios on Middle St. To watch the show in it’s entirety follow the link below:


New growth is on its way with more advertising opportunities for our local merchants in the new season of NewBernNow.Com and Ledger Magazine.

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One of our new advertisers and supporters is The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC. They have been huge supporters of local charities and live music since opening their doors. The local pub featured live music three nights a week for the past several years. But this week they are pleased to announce that they are adding a new night to the lineup.

Starting this Monday it’s Blues JAM Night with Big Jim Kohler and Band. All are welcome to come jam with the traditional blues player. He will be offering the grooves from 6-8 pm and we hope you will come out to show your support. This is a trial run for music in New Bern on Monday, I sure hope you support it!

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On the Scene with Tracey Stones

Open Mic at The Brown Pelican

Since we are on the subject of our new supporter and advertiser, I might as well let you know about the good things that happen there with music.

Seems each time I stop down for open mic night I meet new players. This week was no exception. This week it was Jay Singleton pictured above with his tiny guitar and big voice. He made quite a big impression.

The Brown Pelican now offers the longest running open mic night in New Bern each Thursday night. Sign up starts at 7 pm and music starts at 8 pm. Hosting the weekly gig is Brian Mac.

Even some of my neighbors from Fairfield Harbour can be found sharing songs at this weekly offering. This week was no different with Steve above and Doug below showing up to offer a few fun songs.

While we are on the subject of jams and Fairfield Harbour, I will mention here that Doug King worked things out with the POA to bring a monthly jam night to the residents of the Harbour. This Sunday will mark the first event of its kind and the fun starts at the Community Center on Broad Creek Road at 5:30 pm with music starting at 6 pm.

This week there was a full line of great players that came to the stage to share their talents. This weekly event welcomes all levels of playing and the venue often books acts after hearing them in the house.

Also new to the blog this week is Laura Jenn, who offered a few folk infused tunes for those in attendance. Jenn attends school in Asheville and has joined the jam last week and this week.

The reason I was in town for the weekly open jam was due to a meeting with blog support Ashton Ward. The stringer and singer is starting to take music making more seriously and wanted to meet with me to discuss some plans of attack, on keeping his name in the light after the stage lights go out. My company Tracey Stones Productions is available to help bands create a better online presence. Visit my website to see the services being offered by the company that publishes this blog:


The last jammer I got to see on Thursday at the open mic event was Samual Cohen. This active duty Marine is a great guitar player, with a pocket full of original songs. He is working with a new band. They are edgy and raw with great rock riffs.

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Meet Rubich & Cain

Friday night I kept the beats with one band only for a change. It was actually a duo that was offering the grooves to the people that started their weekend off at The Brown Pelican last night.

That is where stringer and singer Ryan Rubich had the stage but invited his music brother Jared Cain to join him in banging out some beats. The two recently formed a duo that started work this New Year.

The two met at a open mic night along the Crystal Coast. When they teamed up at Cru Bar in Beaufort at the open mic, they ended up booking a New Years Eve gig at the venue.

Rubich & Cain offer some folk-infused blues with rock edges. They both enjoy making music and it shows in the presentation. I booked the duo to bring music to the residence in Fairfield Harbour for an upcoming show on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Show time is 7-10 pm and all of my friends and neighbors are welcome to attend!! To get this duo in your room call Ryan Rubich at 832-588-6593.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Getting Down Around Town



BrÜtopia offers fresh beer, local food and the bluesy rock grooves of Pete Pawsey Duo, with Pete and Patrick offering the grooves!

The duo will be jamming from 7-10 pm. Come out and support local music while you enjoy tasty eats and the freshest new beer on tap!


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Gary Dudley and Maxxtones, who will offering three sets of great songs 8-11 pm. This show is free. Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. bring the music for all. Be sure to support this venue in their fight against noise and neighbors. Please sign the online petition to show the city we care about having live music here. You can join the fight by visiting the link to sign the PETITION

Tonight they offer the music and fun grooves of Night Shift, feel good music from 7:30 pm until 11 pm on the deck. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


Cruising the Crystal Coast

Cedar Point, NC


 Treehouse Beer Company, welcomes Emily Roth, who will be sharing songs from 7-10 pm tonight. Come enjoy a cold beer and live music tonight,


Swansboro, NC

The Boro Restaurant & Bar offers the fun and talented Justin Castellano tonight, with music being served in the dining room from 8-11 pm.


Emerald Isle, NC

The BiPolar Express head to the Crystal Coast tonight to rock the faces at E-Club Emerald Isle. Free music starts at 9:30 pm. Come out and dance tot he classic rock you love.

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Wilmington, NC

Bourbon Street Wilmington offers the rocking sounds of The Adam Hill Band. The music starts at 9 pm and the band rocks until 1 am.

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Rocking Around the Region

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week.

January 14 at 5:15 PM

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Thank You for Reading!

Please go out and support live music tonight!  Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the changes publicly.

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I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends about our mission by sharing this page on your social media pages.

To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

When you walk out the door tonight, take kindness with you. Be sure to tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you!

Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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